Jardín Botánico "Carlos Thays"

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Argentina - Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires

Institution Code: BAJ

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

ArbNet Accredited: Level III

Main building
Main building

Main Address:
Jardín Botánico "Carlos Thays"
Av. Santa Fe 3951
Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires 1425 Argentina

Telephone: 54 11 4833-3748
Fax:
URL: www.buenosaires.gob.ar/jardinbotanico
Primary Email: buenosairesjardin@buenosaires.gob.ar

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Graciela Barreiro
    Curator's Name: Gabriela Benito
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Fernando Cano
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 20
    Educational Staff Number: 10
    Research Staff Number: 10
    Administration Staff Number: 20

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: No
    Status: Municipal: No
  • Date founded: 1898
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 8 Hectares
  • Total Area: 8 Hectares
    Latitude: -34.5828
    Longitude: -58.4190
    Annual Rainfall: 1300 mm
    Altitude: 25.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 700 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Jardin Botanico Carlos Thays
  • Local Address: Santa Fe 3951
  • Locality: City: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 1500
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 5
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 400000
    Number of Volunteers: 85

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 5100
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 1500
  • Special Collections:Plants of the template region of Argentina; cactaceae; cycadaceae; palms
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: No
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes

Recovery of Native Wetland Flora

Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays is working with Klorane Botanical Foundation, Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique Argentina and BGCI to promote the recovery of native wetland flora in the Río de la Plata estuary in Argentina. 

The Lower Paraná river delta presents a natural entity with unique biogeographical and ecological characteristics in Argentina. By the end of the 19th century, the shores and the islands in the delta were still occupied by the natural forest vegetation, locally referred to as Monte Blanco with high biodiversity. However, the Río de la Plata delta is no longer a pristine ecosystem. It is threatened by watercourse modification and livestock grazing and as a result, the Monte Blanco forest vegetation has almost completely disappeared from the islands in the lower delta of the Paraná River and only relict patches are remaining. 

To address the ongoing degradation of the vegetation in the delta, Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays is working with Klorane Botanical Foundation and Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique Argentina and BGCI, to promote the recovery of native wetland flora in the Río de la Plata estuary. The specific objectives include:

  • Enhancing ex situ conservation of native species of the Monte Blanco forest vegetation;
  • Piloting restoration of degraded natural areas; and
  • Strengthening public outreach and networking to foster environmental sensitisation of the ecological value of the Río de la Plata’s wetland habitats for future generations.

A series of planting techniques are being trialled in pilot plots using different, native species compositions. These activities will be accompanied by the development and implementation of a series of public outreach activities within the reserve of Fundación de Historia Natural Félix de Azara as well as at Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays. For more information about the project please contact Graciela Barreiro.

 Native wetland habitat in the Río de la Plata estuary